It’s too hot in the house, and you’d rather not hike up your electric bill with the AC: it’s time to start working on your garden—it’s one of life’s simple pleasures! But let’s be honest, no one wants to check out how big your tomatoes are getting. Instead, really wow your guests by making some beautiful decorations for your garden. You’ll also feel much more satisfied in a garden that’s aesthetically pleasing–especially when you’re the one who made the decorations!
Here are some simple garden projects that you can complete in a day or two.
- Make a walkway for your garden
Making a walkway for your garden is a great place to start. It accentuates your varied garden beds and makes them pop out more. Also, it’s really helpful in showing outsiders where to walk so they don’t damage your plants. Just buy some gravel or sand, some stone bricks, and you’ll be done in a day. Learn how to make your own brick pathway with this post.
- Make planters for your special plants
Some plants need to be kept separate from others, and planters are the way to go. With some concrete, 2 part epoxy resin, and a few hours, you can build functional planters on the cheap. Once your planters are done, you can work with your kids to plant your favorite flowers and vegetation. Learn more about how to make your own concrete planters with this post.
- Make a pond to add a more natural feel
Small ponds can really add a lot of beauty to your garden, especially because it opens up a whole new world of decorations for you. Within a few hours, you can have your very own pond. Decorate it with lily pads, or even consider getting some fish for your pond depending on how big it is. Find detailed instructions with this post.
- Light up your garden
A well-lit garden looks really beautiful at night. Make some hanging lanterns or use strings of lights to let all that beautiful green stay visible while you have guests out on the patio. Plus, lights play double-duty: they keep rodents away due to their sensitive eyes. Use this easy tutorial and make your own hanging lanterns using a pretty glass jar.
- Make a fire pit
When it starts to cool down in the fall, you’re going to need a reason to stay outside. A fire pit can make a great addition to your backyard for those chilly nights. Make all of your measurements before getting started, and gauge how far the fire will be pushed if it’s windy out. You don’t want anything catching fire! An even easier “project”? Pick up a readymade, portable fire pit that you can use when you want, and store when you don’t.
- Attract those birds by making a birdhouse/feeder/bath
Nothing accompanies a garden more than birdsong. Creating a little makeshift birdbath out of old pots is a good place to start. Feeders and birdhouses are also easy projects that should only take a few hours and attract more birds. Use this Birdhouse kit to get started! In no time at all, you’ll hear the beautiful chirping of birds in your garden.
- Hang some succulents
Succulents are a gardener’s decorative plant of choice. They add so much to your garden’s aesthetic, and you hardly have to water them at all. Frame a bunch of succulents on a wall, or use ropes to hang them from all sorts of other places. Shop for unique succulents from SimplySucculents.com.
You probably didn’t build your own house, which makes your garden the one place that’s truly yours to claim. A garden is the ultimate meeting of function and form. So pick some aesthetic projects, and then pick a few other projects that will continue to make your garden a useful part of your house.
With careful planning, and a few days of effort, you will have a gorgeous garden to show off to your neighbors and friends.